My hometown of Carbondale, Colorado was named one of the 50 Next Great Towns in National Geographic Adventure’s September 2008 issue. Recognized for its proximity to Mt. Sopris and the ski slopes of Aspen and Vail in the winter, Carbondale makes a great fit for this adventure issue. Not only does Carbondale offer plenty of outdoor adventures, but also displays a particular well-roundedness as it has a multitude of restaurants and access to mountain resorts and hot springs – the use of locally grown food is great! I’m so happy to be able to represent this on the front of National Geographic and its latest Adventure issue, and think that this town is a great addition to the list of Where To Live and Play.

Photo Director Sabine Meyer asked me to shoot an iconic cover image that would showcase our mountain community. Pictured here is my wife Megan and our skiing buddy Dale Army with Mount Sopris beyond. A big thanks to these two for working with me as I tried to convey the feeling of Carbondale and many other up and coming towns.

National Geographic promotes travel and adventure through its print and digital platform, utilizing the storytelling of the world’s best photographers and filmmakers. I am incredibly honored to have been able to work with them on the cover of this particular issue. Keep a look out for the magazine and my cover photo!

One of Canon’s prestigious Explorers of Light, Tyler’s creative passion is using lenses to tell heartfelt stories. Apple, Adidas, The North Face, Patagonia, Wrangler, Timberland, Cabela’s, Stetson, and dozens more have hired him to shoot provocative commercials with wide-angle footage that transports viewers into every scene. Using dynamic lighting and handheld camera work to charge his projects with emotion, Tyler has become one of the most sought-after commercial directors, photographers, and multimedia lecturers in the nation.